23 Nov 2013

Spotted - £30k-odd sportscars, which would you buy?

Graham King needs some theoretical car buying advice.

In a parallel universe somewhere, I have £30k-£40k to spend on a daily-driver sportscar. I want a manual gearbox, a 0-60mph time of five seconds or less and powerslides on demand. The choice is mind-boggling. Where would your money go?

Aston Martin V8 Vantage One for sale
Engine: 4282cc V8 Power: 380bhp 0-60mph: 4.9secs Top speed: 175mph

Gorgeous outside and in.
Sublime handling.
Surprisingly practical.
It’s an Aston.

Doesn’t feel all that fast.
Very wide.
Bit of a WAG’s car.
Useless sat nav.

Audi R8 4.2 V8 One for sale
Engine: 4163cc V8 Power: 414bhp 0-60mph: 4.5secs Top speed: 187mph

Four-wheel-drive security.
Very comfortable and refined.
It’ll never break.
Open-gated gearlever.

A lot of tastelessly modified ones about.
Spec can be a bit stingy.
Gigantic blind spots.
Do you really want an Audi?

BMW M3 4.0 V8 One for sale
Engine: 3999cc V8 Power: 414bhp 0-60mph: 4.6secs Top speed: 155mph

Gloriously driftable chassis.
Searing engine and slick gearbox.
Your mates can come along.
With their luggage.

Limited top speed.
Rather plain styling and interior.
Can be hard work on long journeys.
Would cost a lot in rear tyres.

Honda NSX One for sale
Engine: 3179cc V6 Power: 276bhp 0-60mph: 5.5secs Top speed: 170mph

Masterpiece of an engine.
Senna-tuned handling.
Unburstable reliability.  
Telling people you drive a Honda.

Least quick of this group.
Terrible interior.
20-odd year-old design.
Ride quality.

Lotus Evora One for sale
Engine: 3456cc V6 Power: 276bhp 0-60mph: 4.8secs Top speed: 163mph

Trademark epic handling.
Great ride.
Toyota engine should be reliable.
It might do 30mpg.

Not much space.
Questionable build quality.
Nasty aftermarket entertainment system.
Styling not all that exciting.

Morgan Aero 8 One for sale
Engine: 4398cc V8 Power: 333bhp 0-60mph: 4.4secs Top speed: 160mph

Seriously quick.
Wonderful craftsmanship.
Massive charisma.
You’ll feel like Biggles.

Challenging styling.
Ludicrously hard ride.
Tiny boot.
You’ll spend a lot of time defending yourself.

Noble M12 GTO-3R One for sale
Engine: 2967cc V6 Power: 352bhp 0-60mph: 3.7secs Top speed: 170mph

Extremely quick.
Telepathic handling.
Surprisingly comfortable.
Wastegate woosh.

Not even slightly practical.
Where would you get parts?
“Doesn’t it have a Mondeo engine?”
Perhaps too racy for everyday use.

Porsche 911 Carrera S One for sale
Engine: 3824cc F6 Power: 350bhp 0-60mph: 4.6secs Top speed: 182mph

It’s a 911.
Fantastic ride, handling, performance.
Everyday usability.  
The best all-rounder of this group?

It’s a 911.
Do you really trust the handling?
Too much bullshit spouted about it.

So that’s the choice. Personally, it would be a toss-up between Aston, Audi and Honda. But which would you buy? Comment or tweet to let us know your thoughts.

Incidentally, though I buy into the ‘many worlds’ theory that suggests there’s an infinite number of universes with an infinite number of Grahams, living an infinite number of different lives, it brings up one crucial question. If it’s true, why am I stuck in this universe, not the one where I have an eleven figure bank balance and I’m married to Mila Kunis?

Article by Graham King